1 ASome time after this,B the cupbearerC of the king of EgyptD
and his bakerE offendedF their lordG the king of Egypt.
2 PharaohH was angryI with his two officers,J the chiefK cupbearer and the chief baker,
3 and he putL them in custodyM in the houseN of the captainO of the guard,P
in the prisonQ, R where JosephS was confined.T
4 The captain of the guard chargedU Joseph with them, and he waitedV on them; and they continuedW for some timeX in custody.
5 OneY nightZ they bothAA dreamedBB—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—
eachCC his ownDD dream, and each dream with its own meaning.EE
6 When Joseph cameFF to them in the morning,GG he sawHH thatII they were troubled.JJ
7 So he askedKK Pharaoh’s officers, who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your facesLL downcastMM today?”NN
8 They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpretOO them.”
And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God?PP PleaseQQ tellRR them to me.”
9 So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “SSIn my dream there was a vineTT beforeUU me, 10 and on the vine there were threeVV branches.WW
As soon as it budded,XX its blossomsYY came outZZ and the clustersAAA ripenedBBB into grapes.CCC
11 Pharaoh’s cupDDD was in my hand;EEE and I tookFFF the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placedGGG the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”HHH
12 Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days; 13 within three days Pharaoh will lift upIII your headJJJ and restoreKKK you to your office;LLL
and you shall place Pharaoh’s cup in his hand,MMM just asNNN you used toOOO do when you werePPP his cupbearer.
14 But rememberQQQ me when it is wellRRR with you; please doSSS me the kindnessTTT
to make mentionUUU of me to Pharaoh, and so get me outVVV of this place.WWW
15 For in fact I was stolenXXX out of the landYYY of the Hebrews;ZZZ
and here also I have done nothingAAAA that they should have putBBBB me into the dungeon.”CCCC
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable,DDDD he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream:EEEE there were three cakeFFFF basketsGGGG on my head,
17 and in the uppermost basket there were all sortsHHHH of baked foodIIII for Pharaoh, but the birdsJJJJ were eatingKKKK it out of the basket on my head.”
18 And Joseph answered,LLLL “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days; 19 within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head—from you!—and hangMMMM you on a pole;NNNN and the birds will eat the fleshOOOO from you.”
20 On the thirdPPPP day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday,QQQQ he madeRRRR a feastSSSS for all his servants,TTTT
and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker amongUUUU his servants. 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his cupbearing, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand;VVVV 22 but the chief baker he hanged, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgotWWWW him.
Image credit: “Joseph Interpreting Dreams” by Alessandro Magnasco, 1700s.